This is a portrait from the night of October 16th, 2012 of literary translator David Scott Hamilton whose work on Nelly Arcan’s “Exit” was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2011. Both the book (translated from the French) and David’s sensitive, nuanced treatment of the material is astonishing. This is derived from a single iPhone shot in existing light.
I seem to have done another book cover, this time for a collection of poetry by First Nations writer Marie Baker, also known as Annharte. It will be out this fall from New Star Books.
The painting is by Salish artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and is reproduced as a full, double page wrap. For the cover I took the minimal path and, in some small measure, have evoked the feel of an early Blue Note jazz LP cover. That is, hopefully, after serving the nature of the material inside. But jazz and poetry seem to get along in general.